Uncle Tom’s Cabin Review
Tom is a devout Christian slave who is sold from slaveholder to slaveholder as he moves deeper into the South. He enkindles the hearts of many, but he is eventually auctioned off to a cruel man that is incapable of change. Tom refuses to defy his Christian faith even when the slaveholder says it will result in death. When Tom refuses to beat the other slaves and reveal the whereabouts of two female slaves, Tom is beaten to death. Tom’s life ended in a way that many may view as tragic. However, there is much jubilation among the slaves who survived and escaped slavery.
Uncle Tom’s Cabin is a very realistic portrayal of life for many Southern slaves of the time. We want to overlook the shameful eras of our country, but the author, Harriet Beecher Stowe, not only forces the reader to examine the horror of slavery, but to empathize with the slaves. Stowe wrote a lengthy compelling story which could have been told in a couple hundred less pages, but she still created a forceful, moving, and influential novel. I would give Uncle Tom’s Cabin a 9 on a scale from 1-10.
Symbolism is commonly used by Stowe throughout the novel. Tom’s cabin symbolizes tranquility and hope for freedom. The North and the South represent freedom versus slavery. Tom’s soliloquies address a clear moral, and Harriet Beecher Stowe’s writing style is very hopeful.
A mature audience with Christian values would enjoy Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Those who value faith in God would understand Tom. Some book reviewers have criticized the novel, because they believe Tom is a ridiculous character. Tom’s Christ-like character would offend the cynical reader. The audience must be able to be open-minded to Tom’s decisions, which are based on his Christian morals, not his will to survive. Harriet Beecher Stowe was the daughter of a minister, and her ability to attach Christian morals to slaves resulted in a very inspirational book that some believe provoked the Civil War.
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